When the petition to award James Hong a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame began, the response was immediate and overwhelming. In recognition of the pioneering work of the 93-year-old actor with more than 650 credits, actor and producer Daniel Dae Kim launched a crowdfunding campaign in 2020 to raise the required $55,000 for the star. The goal was achieved within four days.
The only one who didn’t respond immediately was Hong himself. “Actually, I didn’t hear anything.” Hong said with a smile. “Somehow the internet wasn’t working, or I didn’t get the email. The next thing I heard was that they already had money.”
Hong, who will receive his star at the awards ceremony on May 10, is still a little overwhelmed. “I want to thank all the fans and friends who donated. It baffles me to think that enough people out there would do it,” he said. “And I don’t know who they are, so I can only thank them through your article.”
It’s hard to imagine that people who have consumed entertainment over the past seven years aren’t fans of actors. People still yell “Seinfeld, four!” when they see him, a reference to the infamous “Seinfeld” episode in which Hong plays the foreman of a Chinese restaurant who goes on to tell the gang that their tables will be ready by five ten minutes. Hung said most people came to him, noting that he played the villainous David Lopin in the 1986 cult hit “Big Trouble in Little China,” or in 1982’s “Blade Runner.” Artificial eye specialist Chew.
With that instantly recognizable face and voice, Hong’s career can be traced back to the 1950s TV series “The New Adventures of Charlie Chen” and films such as “Dragon Babu”, such as his current hit “Everything Everywhere” All at Once. The film’s directors, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively known as Daniels), said working with Hong was everything they could imagine.
“A million things can be said about James Hong and the experience of working with him,” they told Variety via email. “But what’s most striking to us is how much he still cares about his work, after nearly a century in the industry, he still works harder than anyone we know, and most importantly, How much this person still loves the job is something to celebrate.”